31st MEU sergeant given nine months for adultery, fraternizing
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine gunnery sergeant was sentenced to nine months’ confinement and busted to private on convictions of adultery and fraternizing with a junior enlisted woman.
The sentence was handed down at a special court-martial Tuesday in Keystone Judicial Circuit Court against Gunnery Sgt. Kurt M. Martinez, 33, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Martinez originally also was charged with rape and sodomy in an incident that occurred while on deployment in South Korea, according to a source familiar with the case.
Marine officials declined to provide any details concerning the facts in the case. A one-paragraph response to a Stars and Stripes query gave no indication of how Martinez pleaded or whether the more serious charges of rape and sodomy were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
The court’s military justice officer, Maj. E. J. Danielson, said Thursday that no information concerning court-martial cases would be given to reporters from anyone in his command, including prosecutors. He referred all questions to the Public Affairs office.
“It’s not my job to release this information,” Danielson told a reporter Thursday when asked for the proper spelling of the name of a defendant in another case.
When asked for more details in the Martinez case, a Marine Public Affairs spokesman said, “That’s all we can give out.”